Because flatbed trucks transport items that cannot fit inside traditional trailers, they face many unique hazards, such as improperly loaded cargo.
Commercial truck accidents are caused by many different factors. Often, the accidents are due to negligence on the part of the truck driver or a mechanical failure. However, as there are different types of trucks, there are going to be varying types of truck accidents.
One type of commercial truck is a flatbed truck, which have no walls or sides where the cargo is carried. They often carry things that can't fit inside closed-in trailers such as logs and cranes.
As with any type of commercial truck, the flatbed truck carries with it its own set of potential hazards:
On-Road Accidents: As flatbed trucks carry their cargo on top of the chassis rather than inside a compartment, if it is not secured correctly, it can be easy for the goods to become loose and cause accidents. A load that is not secured correctly can also shift its weight which causes the cargo to protrude into the cab, injuring the driver.
Off-Road Accidents: Flatbed trucks can also cause problems off the road. Loading cargo onto one of these trucks is typically just as dangerous as transporting it. The people who are loading the cargo can misjudge while using heavy machinery. It is important that those who do the loading and unloading of flatbed trucks be meticulous.
Truck accidents are common, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't seek immediate legal representation if you or someone you know has been injured in a flatbed truck accident.
Flatbed trucks, like all commercial trucks, and the material they are transporting is often dangerous. No matter whether you were injured because improperly secured cargo fell onto the road and hit your car, were injured while loading or unloading cargo from a flatbed truck, or are a flatbed truck driver who was seriously injured by your cargo, our legal team is more than ready to assist you. If you were injured as a result of a flatbed truck accident, you could be facing medical bills, insurance claims, and damage to your vehicle. As the injured party, you should not have to pay a single penny for these damages. Truck accident attorneys from Arnold & Itkin are prepared to take on your claim so you get the legal justice you deserve. Get in touch with us today.
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